Oaxaca: Women & Girls’ Empowerment

Explore Oaxaca's emerging culinary scene, engage in a weaving workshop & alebrijie painting experience & meet the Zapotec women inspiring change in small rural communities. Adult $2,495* / Child $1,995*

The Experience

Oaxaca is the heart of Mexican Zapotec culture and home to some of the most beautiful colonial plazas and majestic churches in Latin America. We’ll get lost in the winding colonial streets of Oaxaca City, visit the UNESCO-protected ancient ruins of Monte Albán and discover the bizarre rock formations of Hierve el Agua. Spend two days with our inspiring nonprofit partners, Fundación En Vía, to engage with the rural communities where they work. Visit women-led businesses and lend a hand in a dyeing and weaving workshop, chocolate-making class, as well as shopping for ingredients at the local market for a traditional cooking class with the women.

Move on to another village, San Martín Tilcajete, for a workshop in making alebrijie, or brightly colored imaginary creatures that play an important role in Mexican folklore (and are the inspiration for Pixar’s film Coco!). Back in Oaxaca city, also a UNESCO-protected area, uncover the up and coming cuisine that Oaxaca is known for, visit bustling local markets to shop for crafts and relax in the comfort of our colorful boutique hotel in the heart of the old city.

An Impactful Experience in Mexico’s Cultural Heart

We’ll embed ourselves in our nonprofit partner’s, En Via’s, impactful empowerment initiatives in the community of Teotitlan del Valle while discovering the beauty of Oaxaca on this journey of purpose and empowerment.

Our Impact

Gain insight into the culture of Mexico’s indigenous Zapotec people as you engage with a leading non-profit organization, En Via, to empower and uplift historically disadvantaged women in the Oaxaca Valley. We’ll be invited into the homes and workplaces of these local Zapotec women, learning traditional cooking and craft techniques passed down through the generations. See firsthand how they are supported through microfinance loans and get a glimpse into how these work in small rural communities like Teotitlán de Valle. Visit their small, family-run businesses and lend a hand in a dyeing and weaving workshop and chocolate-making class.

Where You’ll Stay

During our time in Oaxaca City, we’ll stay in Hotel con Corazón, a modern, cozy hotel where profits go into local schools to help lift up the local community. This boutique hotel & social enterprise is one with heart, recognizing that Oaxaca is one of the poorest states in Mexico, and children need more resources to ensure they finish school. This brand new building located in the heart of the old city of Oaxaca includes private bathrooms, WiFi, fans, and garden views from all rooms.

In Teotitlán del Valle, we’ll stay in a no-frills, locally-owned Bed and Breakfast, which is decorated in the beautiful, bright traditional style and a comfy place to return to in the evenings spent out in the charming valleys of Oaxaca.

Itinerary Overview

Explore Oaxaca City before heading out to the nearby villages of the Teotitlán Valley to meet the women and children supporting their communities. Each day is a hands-on lesson in the lives of these women including a dyeing and weaving experience, cooking lesson and microfinance workshop.

Return to Oaxaca City and explore Hierve el Agua’s unique rock formations and learn to make local pottery and chocolate with the women of San Marcos Tlapazola. Uncover ancient, UNESCO-protected ruins in Monte Alban, then learn to make fantastic animals painted with bright colors and designs.

Traveler’s Journal

I wanted to show my daughter a different part of the world, and to be able to connect with other women and girls only made the idea that much more comfortable for me. Our group was full of similar mothers and daughters (and one awesome father!). The women in the community gave us such a precious gift as they allowed us into their homes and spoke with us about their everyday lives. My daughter left wanting to make a difference for the women of the world, and I couldn’t be prouder!
girls' empowerment vacation

Kathryn T.

Sedona, AZ

Dates and Prices

Our trips are inclusive of all activities, lodging, transport and most meals to make your experience hassle-free.

$2,495 Adult

$1,995 Child

  • Double Occupancy Price. Children’s pricing applies to travelers 16 years old and younger sharing a room with an adult *
  • Single Room Supplement = $250

What’s Included:

  • 3 nights lodging in 3-star boutique hotels in the old city of Oaxaca
  • 2 nights lodging in the valleys outside of Oaxaca in rustic locally-owned bed & breakfasts
  • All meals throughout the trip except for one lunch and one dinner
  • Volunteer projects with the Zapotec women
  • English-speaking local guides that are there to support, guide, and inform you throughout the trip
  • All gratuities for hotels and meals
  • All airport transfers & land transportation
  • Admissions and entrance fees to national parks, historic sites and other scheduled events throughout the trip
  • $50,000 emergency medical evacuation insurance
  • 24-hour Discover Corps emergency hotline & turnkey support

What’s Not Included:

  • International airfare
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • One lunch and one dinner
  • Tips for Discover Corps guide and driver


Our intimate, small-group departures consist of like-minded travelers. Don’t see a date that works? Let us know and we’ll make it happen. WO = Women Only Dates.

2021 Dates

October 19-24, 2021 WO (limited space!)

2022 Dates

January 4-9, 2022

March 22-27, 2022

June 7-12, 2022

July 5-10, 2022

August 2-7, 2022

October 11-16, 2022 WO

2023 Dates

January 3-8, 2023

March 21-26, 2023

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